As the 2010 All-Stars are introduced in Anaheim, there's a distinct taste of Seattle in the ballpark.
Ichiro Suzuki, of course, officially represents the Mariners. Seven other All-Stars, however, represent players who once were part of the Seattle organizafion.
David Ortiz was a minor league first baseman in the Seattle minor league system when he was traded to Minnesota for - gulp - Dave Hollins. There's Arthur Rhodes, whose left arm may one day be mounted in the Seattle Hall of Fame.
Cliff Lee now wears a Rangers uniform, and Alex Rodriguez - so recently booed at Safeco Field - remains a New York Yankee. Adrian Beltre, who couldn't hit .280 as a Mariner, is hitting .330 as a Red Sox. He's an All-Star, too.
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Two other relief pitchers are here, stark reminders of bad trades. Left-hander Matt Thornton is a dominant presence in the White Sox bullpen. The man the Mariners acquired for Thornton? Outfielder Joe Borchard.
Then there's right-handed Rays closer Rafael Soriano. He was a Mariner until traded to Atlanta for left-hander Horacio Ramirez